The Black Stallion

   by Katherine Young and myself and daughter Kristen (2nd grade) for Re-Invent a Work of Art (2013)

Inspiration Piece: The Black Stallion Film and Book

Inspiration Artist: Walter Farley, Francis Ford Coppola

My daughter Kristen and I were both inspired by the book and film "The Black Stallion". We both love horses, and this was one of my favorite books as a child. My love for horse books and for drawing horses led me to a career as a professional artist. Our project depicts the beautiful scenery of the beach where Alec and the Black lived after the shipwreck.

Kristen is an expert second grade builder and designed and built the habitat for Alec and the Black all by herself. She used the wood for the shelter, and the canvas for the beach. She made some trees out of wood dowels and marker and canvas. She made Alec, the snake, and a blue bird out of the wax clay. The fire was made from the shredded paper packing, glue, and acrylic paint. The green floral foam was used to make some seaweed on the beach. She finished by painting the figures with acrylic paint, and by painting some scenery like water and wood with acrylic paint.

I built the Black Stallion starting with a wire armature base. The oil/wax clay filled in the mass of the horse, and the white sculpey was used to overlay the details. We then painted him black with acrylic paint. We made the final assembly with glue.